The Reserve Bank of India, Bengaluru intends to prepare a panel of suppliers/ stockists/ chemists for supply of medicines to its various dispensaries at Bengaluru. The panel is expected to remain operational for a period of three years subject to satisfactory performances.
The Reserve Bank of India invites applications from suppliers/ stockists/ chemists who fulfil the eligibility criteria and agree to the terms and conditions mentioned in the Request for Empanelment Document. The application in the prescribed form should reach the Regional Director, Reserve Bank of India, Central Establishment Section, 10/3/8, Nrupathunga Road, Bengaluru by April 24, 2015. The Reserve Bank reserves the right to accept any application or reject any or all of the applications received without assigning any reasons.
Detailed terms and conditions and the Request for Empanelment Document are available in the Tenders Section of the Reserve Bank’s website http://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/BS_ViewTenders.aspx or can be collected from Reserve Bank of India, Central Establishment Section, 1st Floor, 10/3/8, Nrupathunga Road, Bengaluru 560001 on any working day from 10.00 a.m. to 04.00 p.m. upto April 22, 2015.
M A R Prabhu
April 14, 2015
REQUEST FOR EMPANELMENT (RFE)
NOTICE FOR EMPANELMENT OF SUPPLIERS / STOCKISTS / CHEMISTS
FOR SUPPLY OF DRUGS & MEDICINES TO THE DISPENSARIES OF
RESERVE BANK OF INDIA AT BENGALURU
Reserve Bank of India (the Bank) intends to prepare a panel of suppliers / stockists / chemists (hereinafter referred to as Chemists for brevity) for supply of medicines to the Bank’s various dispensaries at Bengaluru. The panel is expected to remain operational for a period of three years subject to satisfactory performance.
The Bank invites applications from such Chemists who are interested in inclusion in the panel. Chemists, who fulfil the eligibility criteria and agree to the other terms and conditions mentioned in this document should apply in the prescribed form (Annex 1) to the Regional Director, Reserve Bank of India, Central Establishment Section, 10/3/8, Nrupathunga Road, Bengaluru 560001. Duly completed application along with the necessary enclosures, in a sealed envelope, should be dropped in the Tender box kept for the purpose by 4.00 p.m. on April 24, 2015. The Bank reserves the right to accept any or reject any or all of the applications received without assigning any reasons.
The chemist must hold valid licenses as on the date of application, in specified forms. (Form 20, 20-B, 21, 21-B and 21-C) for various categories of allopathic drugs issued by the Drug Control Authority of the State under the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 as applicable and any other law in force. They must hold all other licenses, clearances and permissions as may be necessary to carry out the trade of dealing with / selling of medicines. The empanelled chemists will further ensure and undertake that their licenses remain valid till the end of the contract period.
The chemist must not have been convicted by the State Drugs Authorities and no cases should be pending under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules.
The chemist should have an annual minimum turnover of Rs. 1.5 Crore for last three years.
The chemist should have undertaken a similar business arrangement, i.e., empanelment for supply of medicines with at least one Govt. /Semi-Govt. / Public Sector organization during the last two years.
The chemist should agree to supply all the medicines and consumables that the Bank indents irrespective of the brands or manufacturers. Failure to do so after execution of the purchase contract as described elsewhere in the document will result in automatic forfeiture of the Performance Guarantee.
The chemist should not have been debarred / black-listed by any Govt. / Semi-Govt. / Public Sector organization.
The shop/establishment of the chemist should be situated in the same city / town where empanelment is being sought.
VAT clearance certificate should be available with the chemist.
The chemist should have a computerized billing system.
II. Terms and Conditions
1. Scope of Work
The Bank will issue a “Request for Quotation” (RFQ) for supply of medicines from the empanelled chemists once every year on the basis of an indicative list specifying broad requirements expected during the year. The Bank will enter into an annual purchase contract with one or more chemists who offer the highest uniform discount. The chemists will supply the medicines /drugs at the agreed discount in the stipulated time and at the specified place on the basis of the indents issued from time to time by the office of the Bank to which the chemist is attached during the year. It may be noted that the Bank is not bound to procure all its requirements of medicines only from the chemists offering the highest discount. The Bank also reserves the right to split / divide its purchase among two or more chemists. The Bank also reserves the right to accept any or reject any or all of the offers that it may receive without giving any reasons.
In response to the Bank’s RFQ , the chemist should quote uniform discount on retail price printed on Strip / Bottle / Unit packed in percentage term in respect of all items of supplies to be made under the Contract irrespective of their brands or manufacturers. It should be noted that liability to pay any duties, levies or taxes leviable under the law would be that of the chemist. The chemist will also have to bear all the expenses, etc. connected with proper packaging, carting, transportation, etc. in connection with supply to any place specified by the Bank. The Bank will only pay the labelled MRP minus discount allowed thereon. The quoted offer shall remain valid for the entire duration of the contract.
3. Performance Security Guarantee
On entering into an annual purchase contract with the Bank, as specified above, the chemist will have to furnish a Performance Bank Guarantee for Rs. 20 lakh, either in the form of Bank Guarantee valid for 18 months issued by the Scheduled Bank or through Demand Draft payable to “Reserve Bank of India, Bengaluru”. No claim shall be made against the Bank (Regional Director, RBI, Bengaluru) in respect of interest, if any, due on Performance Security.
The Performance Bank Guarantee should remain valid upto six months beyond the validity period of the contract.
The amount of Performance Security shall be liable to be forfeited if the medicines supplied by the authorized chemist against the indents placed on them in pursuance of this contract are subsequently found as having been stolen or are not conforming to quality. The Performance Security is also liable to be forfeited if the authorized chemist:
Fails to adhere to the terms of the Contract or
Supplies any sub-standard, spurious drugs or substitute medicines.
Delays in supplies.
4. Period of Contract
The period of empanelment contract shall be for a period of three years subject to satisfactory performance.
In respect of the annual purchase contract, supply orders will be placed against the contract upto the last date of the contract. Orders received even on the closing date should be honoured in accordance with the terms of contract even though the last date of the contract may have expired on the date of supply of medicines.
5. Documents establishing eligibility
The following documents should be submitted along with the application.
Self attested copies of valid licenses held by the chemist as on the date of application.
Copy of No Conviction Certificate from State Drugs Controller that no case is pending against the firm under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules made there under as well as under the Drugs (Price Control) Order, 1995 issued from time to time. An affidavit to the affect is acceptable in lieu thereof.
Copies of the balance sheets for the last three financial years, duly certified by a Chartered Accountant.
Client report from one client as specified in para (1,d) as per format in Annex II.
Banker’s certificate from the chemist’s banker as per format in Annex III.
Copy of Sales Tax registration.
Copy of VAT registration certificate.
A copy of PAN allotted to the Chemist.
6. Procedure for application
All pages of this document must be signed with seal at the bottom and sent together with duly filled in application form attaching all specified documents. Eligible chemists may submit applications in closed and sealed envelopes superscribed as “Application for Empanelment of Chemists for Supply of Medicines” accompanied by the copies of documents as indicated at item No. 5 of the Notice. Applications should be addressed to the Regional Director, Central Establishment Section, Reserve Bank of India, 10/3/8, Nrupathunga Road, Bengaluru 560001 and be dropped in the Tender Box kept in this office for the purpose, by not later than 4.00 p.m. on April 24, 2015.
The chemist will be responsible to ensure that his application is deposited in the above mentioned Tender Box on or before the due date and time. The Bank is not responsible for non-receipt of application within the specified date and time due to any reasons including postal delays or delay in transit. All costs in connection with preparation of the RFE document shall be borne by the applicant.
7. Right to accept / reject any or all applications
Applications received after the due date and time or incomplete in any respect are liable to be rejected. The Bank reserves the right to accept or reject any or all of the applications in full or part without assigning any reasons. The Bank reserves the right to scrap the panel at any time, without assigning any reasons thereof. The Bank’s decision in this regard shall be binding and final. The Regional Director, Reserve Bank of India, Bengaluru has the right to modify / alter any requirements in this document at his discretion in the interest of the Bank as deemed appropriate by him. His decision in this regard shall be final.
8. Notification of acceptance
The Regional Director, Reserve Bank of India, Bengaluru will communicate acceptance of the application by a letter.
9. Indent for and delivery of supplies
On receipt of indent for supply from the Bank, the delivery of supplies in full shall be made at the premises of the Bank’s dispensary to which the indent pertains, during the working hours of the dispensary as soon as possible but not later than three working days.
In case of indent for specific brands of medicines, the brand shall not be substituted. In other cases, medicines confirming to Schedule M specifications of the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation shall be supplied.
Supplies are required to be made in original packing of manufacturer. The packing should approximately be nearest to the total quantity indented of any particular medicine / drug.
Every medicine has its own shelf life period mentioned on the label of medicine. The shelf life of medicines supplied should not have passed more than half of its shelf life at the time of supply.
The chemist will indicate batch number, name of manufacturer, date of expiry in the indents at the time of supplying the medicine / drugs to the concerned dispensaries.
The chemist should not stop the supplies of the medicines / drugs without giving 30 days notice.
10. Presentation of bills
The chemist shall present the bill to the office for the supplies made. The bill should clearly indicate the details of the supplies made such as name of the item, quantity, rate, discount amount, name of manufacturer, batch number, date of manufacture and expiry date, indent no. with date, etc. and any other information required by the Bank.
The bill shall be supported by the original indent along with the certificate from the authorized official of the Bank in charge of the dispensary under his/her signature, with date, seal of the office for receipt of the items indented.
Incomplete bills not accompanied by any of the particulars mentioned in (a) & (b) above will not be entertained.
Payment of the bills presented, will normally be arranged within 10 working days from the date of presentation of the bill. However, the chemist shall make no claim from the Bank in respect of interest or damages in case the payment is delayed for any reasons. The payment has to be through ECS for which chemist should give requisite details of bank address, account number, etc.
12. Corrupt, fraudulent or unethical practices
The Bank requires that the chemist observes the highest standards of ethics during the procurement and execution of contract for supply of medicines. The medicines/drugs to be supplied will be of standard quality. In pursuance thereof, the terms are set forth as follows:
The chemist shall not resort to offering, giving, receiving or soliciting of anything of value to influence the action of any official of the Bank in the empanelment process or in contract execution.
The chemist shall not resort to misrepresentation of facts in order to influence the empanelment process or execution of a contract to the detriment of the Bank.
The Bank will declare a chemist ineligible, either indefinitely or for a specified period of time, for award of the contract, if at any time, it determines that the chemist has engaged in corrupt and fraudulent practices in executing the contract.
The Bank may, without prejudice to any other remedy for breach of contract, at its sole discretion, terminate the contract in whole or part in respect of any chemist for any of the following reasons:
(i) supply of sub-standard/spurious/substitute medicines,
(ii) delay in supply /refusal to supply/non-supply of medicines,
(iii) over charging in the bill,
(iv) in case it is found that any particular medicine’s date is expired or is near the date of expiry,
(v) if the chemist fails to perform any other obligation(s) under the contract,
(vi) in the judgement of the Bank has engaged in corrupt and fraudulent practices.
If any such case indicated in (d) above is noticed during subsequent scrutiny after or before the payment, then the chemist shall refund the disputed/excess amount already paid by the Bank, replace the medicines in question. The Bank may stop payments due or recover the cost of such supplies from the amounts due to the chemist.
13. Applicability of best prices
If the chemist with whom the Bank has entered into an annual purchase contract offers a higher discount or sells or even offers to sell medicines following conditions of sale similar to those of the Bank’s contract, to any person or organization, during the currency of the rate contract, the discount rate applicable to the Bank will be automatically increased with effect from the date for all the subsequent supplies under the contract and the contract amended accordingly. Other parallel contract holders, if any, will be given opportunity to reduce their price as well, by notifying the reduced price to them and giving them 15 (fifteen) days time to intimate their revised prices, if they so desire, in sealed cover to be opened in public on the specified date and time and further action taken as per standard practice.
The chemist shall indemnify the Bank against all actions, suits, claims and demands brought or made against the Bank in respect of anything done or committed to be done by the chemist in execution of or in connection with the work of this contract and against any loss or damage to the Bank in consequence to any action or suit being brought against the chemist for anything done or committed to be done in the execution of this contract.
The contract is based on mutual trust and confidence. Both the parties agree to carry out the assignment in good faith. If any dispute or difference of any kind whatsoever (the decision whereof is not herein otherwise provided for) shall arise between the Bank and the Bidder in connection with or arising out of the Contract, whether during the contract period or completion and whether before or after the termination, abandonment or breach of the contract, shall be referred to and settled by sole arbitration of the Chief General Manager, Human Resources Management Department, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai who shall give written award of his decision to the Bidder. The decision of the Chief General Manager will be final and binding.